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Grey Goose Vodka Blue Door Series Opens into Hamptons Wonderland

Submitted by on August 9, 2011 – 8:21 amNo Comment

Grey Goose Blue Door East Hampton

By Heather Buchanan

I’m the first one to play in the sandbox, dive down the rabbit hole, or pull the genie out of the bottle so when I had the chance to go through the Grey Goose Blue Door – I was the first one to arrive at the blue velvet rope.

Grey Goose Vodka launched their Blue Door series to celebrate the best in life, inviting guests into their Hamptons summer wonderland for a curated cultural experience.  Held in a private estate in East Hampton, the three day series brought in movers and martini shakers to partake in amazing food, entertainment, signature Grey Goose cocktails, and even ping pong.

Grey Goose Blue Door East Hampton

The first night we met up with Grey Goose Brand Ambassador Nick Mautone to learn about the art of mixology.  With the theme of farm and field to table we had the freshest ingredients to play with from fruits and herbs to liqueurs and spices as well as the different flavored Grey Goose vodkas.  This was better than playing dress up in Lady Gaga’s closet.

Grey Goose Blue Door East Hampton

I’ve been a fan of Grey Goose, even making it a part of my HipHamptons Slutty Strawberry Tart so I was excited to learn more.  The farm and field theme tied into Grey Goose which is made from French wheat to the exacting standards of Maitre de Chai “cellar master” Francois Thibault.

 

Nick Mautone explained he creates Grey Goose cocktail portfolios which change seasonally to utilize the freshest ingredients.  “Less is always more,” he cautioned me as I grabbed for the peaches, seedless cucumber, ginger beer, cinnamon, rosemary, Grey Goose La Poire and piece of prosciutto.  “Only combine four or five ingredients… after that it just becomes punch,” he explained.  “The trick,” Nick said, “Is choosing ingredients to balance the sweetness and acidity with the level of alcohol.”

My coaches Ron Patric and Randy Evans

My coaches Ron Patric and Randy Evans

I was ready to roll up my sleeves, even if I was in a sundress, and dive in.  I started by muddling fresh blackberries then chopped fresh basil and lavender to add in.  Then I squeezed in fresh lemon juice balanced by organic agave nectar and with restraint stuck with the unflavored Grey Goose vodka.

The shake, as any girl north of Ipanema knows, is the most important part.  My other mixology coaches Randy Evans and Ron Patric advised me to shake the cocktail like I was throwing a football.  The key is not to shake too much which muddles the flavor and reveals not-properly-toned triceps.

Nick Mautone and Heather Buchanan

Nick Mautone and Heather Buchanan

I chose a basil leaf and blackberry skewered on a lavender blossom as a garnish which my guides told me was intended to be smelled to add to the cocktail sensory experience.

Not only was it a magnificent smelling and colorful cocktail, it was delicious.

The Grey Goose Blackberry Lavender Martini

The Grey Goose Blackberry Lavender Martini

Now I was on a roll – the next concoction of Crenshaw melon, mint, Grey Goose Le Citron, simple syrup and Licor 43 (a Spanish liqueur made with citrus and fruit juices flavored with vanilla and other herbs and spices) was also amazing.  But it blew my mind when Nick came over and put in a few drops of chocolate bitters.  I will never look at a cocktail the same again.

 Grey Goose Blue Door East Hampton

Cynthia Sestito of Top Chef and her catering company Cynful Food prepared the best of local bounty.  Guests were treated to everything from fresh oysters to roasted whole fish to crisp vegetable salads and lobster and steak BBQ.

Guests also got to enjoy a Ping Pong tournament from the legendary pros of SPiN with Susan Sarandon getting in the game.

The Pros of SPiN Galactic

The Pros of SPiN Galactic

Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin

Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the Grey Goose Rising Icons series, Saturday was an elegant soiree with singer Jake Troth.

Grey Goose Rising Icon Jake Troth

Grey Goose Rising Icon Jake Troth

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